Brendan Cox enlisted in the Australian Army as a soldier in 1988.  He served as a paratrooper prior to attending the Royal Military College (RMC) Duntroon. Brendan graduated from RMC in June 1991 and returned to the Royal Australian Infantry Corps.

Over the next 25 years Brendan served in a variety of Regimental, Training and Staff Appointments in the Australian Army culminating in his appointment as the Commanding Officer 51st Battalion, Far North Queensland Regiment. Brendan’s operational experience includes: Bosnia attached to a British Battle Group as well as tours of East Timor and Afghanistan.  Brendan has been awarded the US Army Commendation Medal, Chief of Joint Operations Group Commendation, Australian Land Commander’s Commendation, the US Meritorious Unit Citation and the Commendation for Distinguished Service in the Australia Day Honour’s List.  

Brendan is a graduate of the UK’s Joint Services Command and Staff College and holds a Masters of Business, (UNSW) and a Master of Arts in Defence Studies from Kings College London (UK).  Brendan is a graduate of the Australian Institute’s Company Director’s Course and has completed a Harvard Business School Fellowship studying Strategic Perspectives in Not for Profit planning.  

Brendan transitioned from Defence in 2014 and commenced General Manager duties with Complete Financial Balance.  CFB was awarded the Inaugural National Practice of the Year by the Association of Financial Advisers during his GM tenure.   

Brendan was appointed CEO of Legacy Brisbane in 2017. Brendan’s focus in this appointment is to meet the challenges of the contemporary environment and never lose focus on the pledge to accept the legacy of the fallen.  Through the Churchill Fellowship, Brendan intends to create a new model of care for these families that includes both veteran-centric and family-centric agencies operating in a collaborative, coordinated and compassionate manner.


The Paul Tys Churchill Fellowship to create a model of care for families supporting a veteran suffering psychological /physical injury

The Paul Tys Churchill Fellowship to create a model of care for families supporting a veteran suffering psychological /physical injury

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Brendan Cox

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